Toby Keith Revealed On Instagram That He Has Been Diagnosed With Stomach Cancer
Country star Toby Keith has been a long time advocate for children and families battling cancer. He helped found a nonprofit group called Ally’s House in honor of Ally Webb who lost her life to cancer shortly before her third birthday. She was the daughter of Scott Webb, one of Keith’s original bandmates.
Now, Keith is opening up about his own battle with cancer. He has been privately battling stomach cancer since fall 2021. He shared on Instagram, “Last fall I was diagnosed with stomach cancer. I’ve spent the last 6 months receiving chemo, radiation and surgery.”
He didn’t go into specifics about expectations for recovery, but he kept the post hopeful writing, “So far, so good.”
Keith had multiple upcoming tour dates scheduled over the summer, but those have been canceled. He didn’t mention the cancelations in his Instagram post, but he did explain, “I need time to breathe, recover and relax.” He added, “I am looking forward to spending this time with my family. But I will see the fans sooner than later. I can’t wait.”
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The Ohio State Fair turned to Twitter to officially announce that Kieth’s scheduled performance on July 28 has been canceled and tickets will be refunded.
Our hearts go out to Toby Keith as he courageously battles cancer. Tickets purchased from Ticketmaster for his #ohiostatefair show on July 28, which has been cancelled, will be automatically refunded. Any information about an alternate concert on July 28 is forthcoming. https://t.co/Qi7rl0UagL
— Ohio State Fair (@OhioStateFair) June 12, 2022
Keith also had two performances in June which have been canceled. The first would have been on June 17 in Wheaton, Illinois, at Ribfest. The second would have been the next day, July 18, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, at the 29th Annual B-93 Birthday Bash. According to a spokesperson for Keith, those tour dates as well as dates previously scheduled for July, August, September and November will all be postponed.